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The Hillsong Eldership

In the early church, elders were appointed in order to provide example, guidance and spiritual oversight to the churches (Acts 14:23). Their primary focus was the spiritual health of the church (1 Tim 4:14) (1 Tim 5:17-22) (James 5:14). They were chosen for their pastoral leadership, exemplary lifestyle and willingness to serve (Titus 1:5-9) (1 Peter 5:1-5). In Hillsong Church, the global senior pastors and the leadership team have appointed 11 elders.

Brian Houston – Hillsong Church Senior Pastor

Nabi Saleh is the former executive chairman of Gloria Jean’s Coffees worldwide and chairman of Praise International USA, which operates It’s A Grind coffee houses. His drive, passion and belief in people coupled with his strong business acumen and Godly wisdom have enabled him to continue to sit on several boards for large, non-profit organisations.

George Aghajanian is general manager and a director of Hillsong Church Australia and its international entities. Upon leaving university he entered the private sector, where he gained extensive experience in management, customer service, sales and marketing. George possesses a wealth of senior management experience, working with both Australian and international organisations, and brings a strong balance of faith and practical business application to his role. George is married to Margaret and they have four children.

Dr Gordon Lee is a highly respected general practitioner and operates successful medical practices in Sydney. He is also the service pastor for the Hills Chinese Service.

Robert Fergusson is one of the key team at Hillsong Church, where he has been on staff for over 30 years. He is passionate about imparting practical life principles from the Bible, and his primary responsibilities involve pastoral oversight and preaching and teaching. Robert is married to Amanda; they have three married children and currently seven grandchildren.

Gary Clarke and his wife Cathy are lead pastors at Hillsong London and oversee its fast-growing extension services in the UK and Europe. Originally from Hillsong Sydney, Gary works closely with the lead pastors of our international Hillsong Churches to facilitate Hillsong’s growth and ministry globally.

Steve Dixon is married to Joyce and they have two children. Steve and Joyce are the campus pastors of Hillsong Brisbane. Originally from the UK, Steve spent nine years in Spain as a church planter and founding president of the El Faro charity rehabilitating substance abusers, followed by 13 years in the UK as a leader in the Kingsnet network, founder of Heathrow Gateway Church, Bible school lecturer and mission director. Steve ministered in such diverse places as China, Estonia, Spain, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Steve holds a masters degree in Missiology from the University of Wales.

Craig Coles and his wife Amy have been active members of Hillsong Church since 1992, and are both graduates from Hillsong International Leadership College. Craig is national product manager for a logistics equipment manufacturer and has an equal passion for the house of God as he does business. Craig and Amy have three children.

Dr Jo Thomas (MBBS, FRACGP) and his wife Leanne have been part of Hillsong Church since the mid-’80s. They have two children. Jo works as a general practitioner and runs several practices within the Sydney region.

Andrew Denton is an executive director of Hillscorp and director of a number of other companies involved in property development. He was a licenced plumber and worked for a multinational building company before moving into developing over 10 years ago. In over 30 years of working, Andrew gained considerable experience in senior project management, joint venture and client relationships. Andrew and his wife Susan and their three children have been active members of Hillsong Church since 1991.